British Ships Banned from Buenos Aires, Falklands Legacy Continues

The tension between Argentina and the United Kingdom has only grown over the course of this year in the lead-up to the 30-year anniversary of the Falklands War. The islands have been under constant contention between the two world powers for decades and a long series of debates and cultural wars has been apparent in recent months.

Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner announced last week that legislators passed a new law which bans British ships from “mooring, loading or carrying out logistical operations” in the province of Buenos Aires. The move further ignited a nationalistic dispute between the two countries during the fervor of the London Olympics. Most commentators agree that the move to block ships is in direct correlation to the dispute over the contested islands, and serves as a mostly symbolic gesture.

The Falklands War began 30 years ago when Argentine forces attempted to take over the tiny archipelago situated off the coast of mainland Argentina and were defeated by forces under the government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The islands have remained symbols of both countries’ sovereignty during the last three decades.

President Kirchner has demanded that British officials meet with her to discuss the status of the islands repeatedly. In response to comments made by David Cameron, she told the press this year that if British officials will meet with her:

They should not expect crazy outbursts or xenophobic gestures from our side, we will leave that to others.

Earlier this year an ad, featuring Argentine hockey captain Fernando Zylberberg training on Falkland territory for the Olympic Games in London, was taken as an affront by British officials. The ad ended with the statement, “To compete on English soil we train on Argentine soil,” according to the BBC. President Kirchner decided to air the ad in an attempt to publicize the continued disagreement between the two countries over the islands. British officials scorned the move, saying President Kirchner was attempting to politicize the Olympic Games, the BBC reports.

Last week, a Falklands war cemetery dedicated to fallen Argentine soldiers was broken into and vandalized. The British government said that it “repudiated the desecration,” according to the Telegraph. An investigation is under way regarding the cemetery but continued to remind leaders of the two countries of the constant dispute.

Prime Minister David Cameron has remained staunch about the status of the 3,000 residents of the islands, demanding that they remain under the British government. There has been a surprising lack of dialogue between the two leaders, which seems to lead to a rather indirect war of culture and prowess. The new ban on British ships is only the latest installment in a decades-long disagreement that may go on for many more.

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Jay D.

I was thrown off for good under another name because I disargeed with a religious view,nobody would answer my emails. I wasn't out of line,I didn't attack anyone. I just said that many people die in the name of god everyday. just blocked for my view

Bernard Cronyn
5 years ago

I do not know from under which rock the mysterious anonymous “Past Member” crawled but he or she does not seem to know that at the time when the Argentine forces landed in the Falklands the Argentine’s “democratic” Fascist government was making 1000’s of its own citizens disappear. Many of the bodies of these unfortunate people were discovered by survey ships festooning the bottom of the ocean off the Argentine coast. Given the situation and the Argentine’s rather dodgy reputation on human rights for their own white citizens let alone their indigenous people, I believe it was perfectly correct for the prime minister of the UK to protect its own citizens.

Alejandra Contreras

Richard H.: criticising the Argentine president is all you can argue in favour of the British sovereignty? I understood this is a space for debate. I mean argumentative respectful statements.
The Argentine Nation ratifies its legitimate sovereignty over the Malvinas, Georgias del Sur and Sandwich del Sur Islands and over the corresponding maritime and insular zones, because they are within the Argentine continental shelf, and the claim is also supported by The UN Decolonization Comittee and the UN General Assembly resolutions 2065 (XX), 3160 (XXVIII), 31/49, 37/9, 38/12, 39/6, 40/21, 41/40, 42/19 y 43/25s.

You stated that" this is just sabre rattling to gain favour with her people by the Argentine Prime Minister". I could say that this is just sabre rattling to gain favour with his people by the British Government, but I won't. I'll rather wait for your reasons. Why do the British Government claim a territory in the Argentine sea, considering the
UN Declaration of the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples?

Oh! Just for you to be informed: República Argentina is a democratic country, we don't have a Prime Minister, the country is ruled by a president.

Richard Hancock
Richard Hancock5 years ago

Surely this is just sabre rattling to gain favour with her people by the Argentine Prime Minister?

John B.
John B5 years ago

Thanks Sarah for the article. Sadly I fear that this situation will be around for many years to come.

Cary Moy
Cary M5 years ago

Enough about the F**klands! Hand it over to the United Nations NOW!

Troy G.
Troy Grant5 years ago

What do the Falkland Islanders want?

Nicole Weber
Nicole W5 years ago


Pedro Leal
Pedro Leal5 years ago

Someone is playing ‘censorship back and forth’…Commentaries appear and disappear...

Pedro Leal
Pedro Leal5 years ago

Oh…comments are back now…!